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Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops

Media are invited to learn about NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

This is the final year of the HS3 mission, which uses NASA instrumented Global Hawk aircraft to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic Ocean basin. Two aircraft will be stationed at Wallops this year, one carrying an instrument suite geared toward measurement of the outer environment of storms and the other with instruments designed to study the inner core of tropical cyclones. The aircraft are capable of flight altitudes of up to 55,000 feet and flight durations of as long as 30 hours.

During the media event, reporters will meet HS3 scientists and pilots and tour the unmanned Global Hawks and the aircraft control center. Reporters also will learn about NASA’s climate research program and the new technology the agency is using to better understand hurricanes.

To register for this event, reporters must contact Keith Koehler at The registration deadline for non-U.S. citizens is 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. The deadline for U.S. citizens is noon, Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Further information on the HS3 mission, including video and imagery, visit:


Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington
Keith Koehler
Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.
Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.